1 How Infected Backyard Poultry Could Spread Bird Flu to People Human Infections with Bird Flu Viruses Rare But Possible 1 Direct Contact 2 Contaminated Surfaces (Most Common) Healthy looking Touching virus and then birds can still touching the Spread bird flu Bird flu eyes, virus nose or mouth Bird flu virus Infection can occur without touching Poultry . 3 Bird Flu Virus in the Air (in Droplets or Dust) Virus enters through the Bird flu virus eyes, nose Nasal or mouth passage Lungs Flapping wings Scratching Shaking head CS261152. Bird flu infections in People are rare, but possible. Most Bird flu illness in People has ranged from mild to severe. Signs reported bird flu infections in People have happened after and symptoms of bird flu infections in People can include: fever unprotected contact with Infected birds or contaminated (temperature of 100 F [ C] or greater) or feeling feverish, surfaces.
2 This fact sheet has information about bird flu cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and bird flu infections in People . fatigue, headaches, eye redness (or conjunctivitis), and difficulty breathing. Other possible symptoms are diarrhea, nausea, and Bird Flu in Birds vomiting. As with seasonal flu, some People are at high risk of getting very sick from bird flu infections, including pregnant Wild water birds (like ducks and geese) can be Infected with bird women, People with weakened immune systems and People 65. flu viruses, but usually do not get sick. Infected birds have virus and older. Human infections with bird flu viruses usually can be in their saliva, mucous and droppings (feces). Bird flu viruses treated with the same prescription drugs that are used to treat Spread easily between birds.
3 Some of these viruses can cause human seasonal flu viruses. These are called flu antiviral drugs.. serious illness and death in domestic Poultry (like chickens, ducks and turkeys). Bird Flu Outbreaks in Birds Bird Flu & People Outbreaks of bird flu happen among birds from time to time. It is rare for People to get Infected with bird flu viruses, but it When deadly bird flu outbreaks happen in Poultry , the can happen. Bird flu viruses can infect People when enough United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) works with virus gets into a person's eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled. industry, state and other government partners to stop the This might happen when virus is in the air (in droplets or outbreak so that it does not Spread to other Poultry . The Centers possibly dust) and a person breathes it in, or when a person for Disease Control and Prevention works with partners to touches something that has virus on it and then touches their protect the public's health during these outbreaks.
4 The risk to mouth, eyes or nose. (See picture on reverse side.) Most bird flu the public from bird flu outbreaks is low; however, because infections in People have happened after unprotected contact other bird flu viruses have Infected People , it is possible that with Infected birds or contaminated surfaces. In some cases, human infections with these viruses Could occur. Risk depends however, no direct contact has been reported. No human bird on exposure. People with no contact with Infected Poultry or flu infections have been reported from proper handling of Poultry contaminated surfaces are thought to be at very low to no risk meat or from eating properly cooked Poultry or Poultry products. of infection. People with close or prolonged unprotected contact with Infected birds or contaminated environments are thought to be at greater (though probably still low) risk of infection.
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